Pakistan

Global Scan

'The Hong Kong we are living in today is not the Hong Kong we knew'

The British handed Hong Kong to China 17 years ago today. And the anniversary meant many thousands of residents made their annual protest claiming the country has gone downhill ever since. Meanwhile, a lawmaker claims Pakistan is not convicting any rapists. And the US makes a step toward eliminating its land mines ... in 20 years. All that in today's Global Scan.

Arts, Culture & Media

A Pakistani cartoonist tries to keep up his craft in the face of rising restrictions

It's tough being a political cartoonist in Pakistan. In some schools of Islam, the artistic portrayal of people and animals is perceived as sacrilegious and Pakistan's extremist politics is spawning a new wave of restrictions on the production of visual arts. Sabir Nazar is a Pakistani cartoonist who is trying to reclaim the power of images and restore the role of cartoons as a way to convey messages across cultural and linguistic divides.

Arts, Culture & Media

A Pakistani cartoonist tries to keep up his craft in the face of rising restrictions

It's tough being a political cartoonist in Pakistan. In some schools of Islam, the artistic portrayal of people and animals is perceived as sacrilegious and Pakistan's extremist politics is spawning a new wave of restrictions on the production of visual arts. Sabir Nazar is a Pakistani cartoonist who is trying to reclaim the power of images and restore the role of cartoons as a way to convey messages across cultural and linguistic divides.

Taliban moving farther south?

The BBC's Barbara Plett reports from Karachi, Pakistan's largest and most liberal city, about fears there that Taliban militants may be trying to establish a presence there.

Lifestyle & Belief

Swat Valley update

More than one-and-a-half million Pakistanis are said to have fled the Swat Valley. Many are living in camps. Anchor Marco Werman gets an update on security and humanitarian conditions in Pakistan's remote regions from the BBC's Haroon Rashid.

Global Politics

Days after the Peshawar attacks

There was another deadly attack in Pakistan today.. this one in the city of Rawalpindi. Last week, an attack in the city of Peshawar killed more than 100 people. The BBC's Aleem Maqbool spoke with relatives of some of the victims and sent this report.